Veggie garden and container a boost for hungry during lockdown

06 May 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019013

Agriculture
Social Development

AN organic vegetable garden at the Rainbow School in Kruisfontein, is providing fresh, healthy food for community food parcels that are being delivered to vulnerable families by the Kouga Municipality.

A 20-foot refrigeration container was purchased and delivered to the municipality, just before the start of lockdown. It is situated at the Humansdorp Fire station, COVID-19 Joint Operations Control, and is being used as the central collection, storage and distribution point for municipal food parcel and fresh food items.

This container, funded by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, has been instrumental in enabling tons of fresh vegetable to be stored, sorted, and then included into the dry food parcel packs. Items other than vegetables being installed in the container include milk and other perishables donated by Woodlands Dairy and other NGOs and private organisations.

Veggie garden and container a boost for hungry during lockdown

Hlengiwe Radebe, Director of Economic Development Officer for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, said the container would be relocated to the King’s College School, in Oceanview, after the pandemic, to help this school’s sustainable food project. This includes organic vegetable production that is used to provide nutritional meals for the pupils as well as helping to feed staff and their families.

“A portion of the vegetables harvested is given to elderly widows and orphans in the surrounding community, in addition to a small portion of the vegetables being sold commercially to provide funding to buy seeds and seedlings to grow new vegetable crops.”

Radebe said the container would enable vegetables such as beetroot to be prepared and canned or bottled to supply families with vegetables, giving them will have a longer shelf life.

The wind farm started its funding of the King’s College School’s large-scale vegetable garden at the end of last year. The garden is designed to feed the 350 school children, teachers and their families, using world‐best practise ways of farming organic sustainable vegetable technology.

“The methodology is highly cost effective and climate smart, utilising the most water-efficient micro drip irrigation and organic composting resulting in increased soil fertility.”

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